Resigned to do the time, Paris Hilton played jailhouse hostess yesterday, accepting her first guests since her stunning reversal of fortune landed her back in lockup.
The hotel heiress’ sister, Nicky, and her ex-boyfriend Stavros Niachros spent less than an hour with the mentally fragile inmate, trying to boost her spirits.
“She’s being strong,” Nicky Hilton told reporters as she emerged from the Twin Towers Correctional Facility’s medical center just after 1 p.m.
The pampered princess is apparently adjusting to her new isolated digs in the jail’s medical ward, eating cereal and bread, and crying less, sources said.
Nicky Hilton and Niachros were allowed to enter the jail without waiting on line, prompting other visitors to gripe, “Hey, that’s not fair!”
“No one else can just walk right up,” said Misty Lloyd, 32, who waited nearly 1-1/2 hours to see her cousin.
Sheriff’s spokesman Steve Whitmore denied Nicky Hilton and Niachros got special treatment.
Paris’ parents, Kathy and Rick Hilton, are expected to visit her tomorrow, friends said.
“[Kathy] is holding up very well under the circumstances,” a source said. “As a whole, the family is very strong and very united where Paris is concerned.”
A day after saying she will not appeal a judge’s decision Friday to send her back to jail to serve the remainder of her 45-day sentence, the “Simple Life” reality TV star seemed to be adjusting to incarceration. Being back on her unspecified medication is helping her cope, friends said.
She considers her new confines a step up from the Century Regional Detention Center in nearby Lynwood, where she was on the verge of a nervous breakdown, a friend said. Paris called Lynwood “hell,” the pal said.
While at Lynwood, the 26-year-old willowy blond refused to eat or drink for three days, fearing jailhouse staffers would snap a cell phone picture of her on the toilet, the Daily News reported yesterday.
Paris’ 12-by-8-foot cell at Lynwood featured a stainless steel lavatory and a large window that guards could look through 24 hours a day.
Then on Thursday, given her bizarre hunger strike and constant boohooing, L.A. County Sheriff Lee Baca concluded her “psychological problems” were worsening and sent her home to finish her sentence, reduced to 23 days for good behavior, with an electronic monitoring device fitted to her ankle.
But Baca’s move backfired, sparking nationwide outrage over a perceived double standard and angering the sentencing judge for superseding his ruling.
Judge Michael Sauer had Paris sent back to the can on Friday. This time, the judge sparked cries of celebrity injustice for ordering her to serve the full 45 days of her original sentence for violating her probation for drunken driving.
While in the slammer, Paris continues to receive offers for work, including jobs she has likely never considered.
“We want Paris Hilton to be the poster girl for people who have mental issues who are incarcerated,” said Eddie Jones, president of the Los Angeles Civil Rights Association.